November 8, 2008 // Notre Dame Recruiting

Wood Finally Held in Check by Clausen’s Old Team

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Running back commit Cierre Wood was finally held in check Friday night by Jimmy Clausen’s high school alma mater Oaks Christian.

There was a thought Oaks Christian High might finally be challenged Friday against Santa Clara of Oxnard, which came in riding a 18-game winning streak and featuring Notre Dame-bound running back Cierre Wood.

Didn’t happen.

Oaks Christian defeated the visiting Saints 49-6 before a standing-room only crowd and a Fox Sports Net television audience.

Wood broke off a couple of nice runs on the first series but was held in check, finishing with 119 yards in 23 carries, including just 45 yards over his final 16 carries, and he did not score a touchdown.

It’s always nice to see that a 119 yard, 23 carry performance is labeled a disappointment.   Right now I’d kill for a Notre Dame running back to have a stat line like that.  Oaks Christian is one of the better teams in California and remains undefeated on the season so it shouln’t be seen as any indication that Wood isn’t as good as many think.  Wood remains one of the best high school running backs in the country and if the Irish stick with a spread style offense like we’ve seen at times this year he will very likely see the field for the Irish next year.

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